"procedures," "healthcare," and "project management" aren't the only skills we found associate directors list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of associate director responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an associate director. We found that 66.1% of associate directors have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 22.2% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most associate directors have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every nine associate directors were not college graduates.
The associate directors who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied business and psychology, while a small population of associate directors studied finance and accounting.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an associate director. We've found that most associate director resumes include experience from Merck, KPMG, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Of recent, Merck had 583 positions open for associate directors. Meanwhile, there are 319 job openings at KPMG and 198 at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
If you're interested in companies where associate directors make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Accenture, Jet-i Leasing, and Genentech. We found that at Accenture, the average associate director salary is $205,716. Whereas at Jet-i Leasing, associate directors earn roughly $196,367. And at Genentech, they make an average salary of $188,983.
The industries that associate directors fulfill the most roles in are the education and pharmaceutical industries. But the highest associate director annual salary is in the telecommunication industry, averaging $140,538. In the pharmaceutical industry they make $137,697 and average about $133,304 in the health care industry. In conclusion, associate directors who work in the telecommunication industry earn a 75.2% higher salary than associate directors in the education industry.